1 John 3:1-10

We are God's children

1 Think about how much God the Father loves us. He calls us his children. He loves us that much! And we really have become children of God. The people who belong to this world do not understand who God is. Because of that, they do not understand who we are. 2 My friends, we are already children of God. We do not yet know clearly what we will become. But we do know this: When Christ returns to this world, we will become like him. We will be like him because we will see him as he really is. 3 Christ is completely good. So all of us who hope to see him then must keep ourselves clean from sin.

4 If a person continues to do wrong things, he is choosing not to obey God's rules. Sin is when we do not obey God's rules. 5 You know that Jesus came into the world so that he might take away our sins. He himself is completely clean from sin. 6 A person who is united with Christ does not continue to do wrong things. If anyone does continue to do wrong things, that person does not really know Christ at all. He does not understand who Christ is.

7 My little children, do not let anyone tell you lies about sin. It is people who live in a good way that God accepts as right. That is like Jesus who did only what is good and right. 8 But people who continue to do wrong things show that they belong to the Devil. The Devil has been doing wrong things from the beginning. This is why the Son of God came to the world. He came to destroy everything that the Devil has done.

9 Everybody who is a child of God does not continue to do wrong things. This is because God has given them a new life. He has caused them to become his children. So, they cannot continue to do wrong things. 10 So we can see clearly who are God's children and who are the Devil's children. Anyone who does not live in a way that is good and right does not belong to God. People like that do not love other believers.